Meaning of “artful” in the English Dictionary

"artful" in British English

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artfuladjective

uk /ˈɑːt.fəl/ us /ˈɑːrt.fəl/

clever and skilful, especially in getting what you want:

He has shown himself to be an artful politician.
The prime minister dealt with the interviewer's questions in a very artful way.
artfully
adverb uk /ˈɑːt.fəl.i/ us /ˈɑːrt.fəl.i/

His clothes were artfully arranged to look stylishly casual.
artfulness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɑːt.fəl.nəs/ us /ˈɑːrt.fəl.nəs/

(Definition of “artful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"artful" in American English

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artfuladjective

us /ˈɑrt·fəl/

intelligent and skillful, esp. in persuading, sometimes without being completely honest:

His politics was an artful blend of high-minded patriotism and malicious gossip about his opponents.
artfully
adverb us /ˈɑrt·fə·li/

The machinery is artfully concealed in a polished cabinet.

(Definition of “artful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)